Rutledge, Minnesota

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Rutledge is a city in Pine County, Minnesota, United States, at the confluence of the Kettle and Pine Rivers. The population was 196 at the 2000 census. County 61 serves as a main route in the community. The Willard Munger Bicycle/Snowmobile Trail passes through Rutledge.



Long before it ever became an incorporated village, a group of Native Indians lived along the banks of the Kettle River from where the community is today to a point about 5 miles downstream. The Government Road between St. Paul, MN and Superior, WI came through that area in the 1860s. A bridge was constructed across the Kettle River at what was called the Rock Dam. On the south side of the river a station was built. There stagecoachs stopped to change horses and allow passengers to get out and stretch their legs and have a lunch. It was at this location where the first Europeans settled. In 1870 the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad was completed in this region. A depot was built about two and one half miles upstream from the Rock Dam. The depot was named Kettle River Station. The community began to grow near the railroad station. On February 14, 1893 an election was held at the school house to decide if the settlement should be incorporated as a village. A total of 22 votes were cast, 19 favoring incorporation. The Village of Rutledge was named after a local lumberman Edward Rutledge who had built several mills in the area. James D. McCormack served as the first Mayor.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 196 people, 78 households, and 56 families residing in the city. The population density was 66.5 people per square mile (25.7/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 37.3/sq mi (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.94% White, 1.53% Native American, 1.53% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 78 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.95.

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